Copycat Taco Seasoning Mix (Healthy Taco Seasoning Recipe) is a great substitution for the packets that you buy in the store. A low carb, gluten-free, keto taco seasoning recipe. Tastes just like Taco Bell® Seasoning – only much healthier.
Copycat Taco Seasoning Mix (Healthy Taco Seasoning Recipe)
I have been making this recipe for years as it is super simple, healthier, and cheaper. I love that I know that I am putting real ingredients in my family’s food.
Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of a taco seasoning packet? I am staring at a packet that I have had in my pantry for probably as long as I have come up with this recipe.
It is an omen. I must have kept it long enough so I could read off the ingredients to you. 🙂
Here are the ingredients as they are listed on the back of my packet:
Whey onion, modified corn starch, salt, sugar, paprika, garlic, natural flavors with oleoresin paprika (for color), silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), spices including chili pepper, caramel color (contains sodium bisulfite), disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate.
I had to look up disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate and they are similar to MSG and can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. I am actually allergic MSG so I’m glad I looked this up.
Do you really want to eat this stuff? You don’t need to anymore…
Low Carb, Gluten-free, Sugar-Free, Keto Taco Seasoning Recipe
Due to some health concerns of mine, my husband and I recently started following a keto diet. Because my original version of the taco mix has corn starch and sugar, I played around with substitutions until I came up with a sugar-free and cornstarch (carb) free option. I’m so excited because it literally tastes that same as the original version! Voila! a keto taco seasoning recipe was born! 🙂
The recipe calls for cornstarch in order to help thicken the water and seasoning mixture into a sauce. To make this a lower carb version, I substituted 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon of xantham gum, but it’s an optional thickener only. You could just use a 1/2 cup of water, instead of 3/4 cup and let the liquid reduce. If you do use xantham gum, use only 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. A little goes a long way – too much and it will become gummy.
What You Will Need to Make This Healthy Taco Seasoning Mix
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- Small bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Airtight container (if keeping a pre-made stash in your pantry)
Full ingredient amounts are listed in the recipe below 🙂
- Chili Powder
- Onion Powder
- Granulated Sugar Substitute or Regular Sugar
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Salt (My Favorite Salt!)
How to Make Copycat Taco Seasoning Mix
Each recipe makes the equivalent to one taco seasoning packet. I often triple or quadruple the recipe and store in an airtight container to have on hand. When you go to make the recipe you would use approximately 4 tablespoons of the mixture.
Note: This version is mild, but you can definitely add cayenne pepper to increase the heat. Actually feel free to play around with any of the seasoning quantities to your liking.
How To Make Taco Meat
To make taco meat, brown 1 lb ground beef, then add seasoning along with 3/4 cup of water. Cook until the water reduces and the mixture thickens to your desired consistency. Usually, this process takes about 5 to 10 minutes on medium-high.
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